this is how I know...pain/a feeling of "thickness" in this area, just above the waist:
also, joint/muscle aches...
IP6 is GREAT for kidney function, even reportedly dissolves stones. I feel that I had difficulties with it because most of my fluid intake these days is being excreted via sweat rather than urine. I'd like more info on THAT:)
It sounds as though you're dehydrated. Are you using salt yet? That helps. Also, a GREAT tea for general cleansing/detoxing...the first time I used this tea it brought on copious urination. When the body is dehydrated, you will hold water...anyway, Bija deep cleanse tea:
Dandelion root * Taraxum officinale – This slightly bitter herb aids kidney and liver function and detoxifies poisons that gather in the liver, spleen, and gall bladder. It promotes healthy circulation, acts as a diuretic, and helps maintain cholesterol and uric acid levels within the normal range.
Yellow Dock herb Rumex crispus – Very high in iron, it nourishes and detoxifies the spleen and liver and cleanses the blood.
Burdock root * Arctium lappa – Burdock Root is an excellent blood purifier and strengthen the immune system.
Licorice root * Glycyrrhiza glabra – Tea made with licorice root is helpful for stomach problems and ulcers. It also supplies needed energy to the system when cleansing or recovering from an illness.
Cinnamon bark * Cinnamomum zeylanicum – Is useful for stomach ailments and is a stimulant to other herbs and the body, enabling herbal remedies to work faster. It also helps to purify blood, support the immune system, and aid digestion.
Ginger root * Zingiber officinale – Is stimulating, warming and energizing and improves occasional stomach upset and nausea.
Fennel seed * Foeniculum vulgare – Is used as a mild digestive aid.
Oatstraw herb * Avena sativa – Helps maintain a healthy blood Sugar
level, nourishes the pancreas and liver and replenishes the adrenal glands while supporting good circulation.
Nettle Leaf * Urtica dioica – Rich in silica & other important minerals, it helps to provide nourishment during cleansing.
BTW, this tea is very gentle, tastes good, too! :)